Brazil's Bolsonaro considers United States base to counter Russian Federation

Cesar Mills
January 7, 2019

Bolsonaro, who took office on January 1, said in a television interview on Thursday he might be willing to allow a USA base in Brazil as a way to counter Russian influence in Venezuela, a move that would mark a sharp shift in direction for Brazilian foreign policy.

Embraer shares were down more than 5 percent in late afternoon trading.

During the interview, the President also said that he intends to send to Congress a proposal to change the system of reforms to establish a minimum retirement age of 62 years for men and 57 years for women, compared to 60 and 55 years, respectively, current legislation.

President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician and former army captain who was elected on pledges to crack down on crime and give security forces a free hand against criminals, praised the move. It remains unclear if Bolsonaro's government will rescind that recognition or continue to allow the Palestinian Authority to hold a diplomatic outpost in Brazil's capital.

Bolsonaro, an admirer of U.S. President Donald Trump, has quickly moved to align Brazil more closely with the Trump administration, which was represented by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at his swearing in on Tuesday.

Last December, Maduro denounced that the US Security Advisor, John Bolton, assigned missions to Bolsonaro to initiate "military provocations" in the southern border of Venezuela.

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The decision to send in troops was taken by Bolsonaro's new justice minister, Sergio Moro, a former high-profile judge who oversaw Brazil's biggest corruption probe, called Car Wash.

"I have discussed this internally and with interest in other countries in South America", Bolsonaro told reporters on Friday when asked about hosting a US base.

Intelligence reports published in the Brazilian media attributed the violence to a reaction by gangs to attempts to end their control of some prisons by separating inmates by affiliation and blocking cellphone signals. "We may ink an agreement in the specified area", Bolsonaro added. No deaths of bystanders have been reported.

"The legislative, executive and judicial powers have to make this commitment urgently", he tweeted.

According to World Prison Brief, Brazil has more than 700,000 people behind bars - the third-highest prison population worldwide after the U.S. and China. Last year, almost 64,000 were killed, many from firearms.

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